French: Merle cendré German: Brillendrossel Spanish: Zorzal ceniciento
Other common names: African Bare-eyed Thrush
Tiva River and Ndi, Taita, Kenya.
S Ethiopia, S Somalia, C & E Kenya and NE Tanzania.
20–21·5 cm; 45–55 g. Head to breast medium grey, upperparts dark grey; throat white, streaked blackish; belly orange; striking broad, bare yellowish-orange... read more
Song rather short, fluty and plain, typically a series of 2 strong whistled notes and 2–3... read more
Thorn-scrub, thickets, fairly thick bushland, Commiphora woodland, with predilection for... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects, especially caterpillars, beetles and flies; also fruits, berries and seeds. Forages mainly on ground, usually under thick... read more
Mainly in rains; May in Somalia, elsewhere Mar–Jun and Nov–Dec, depending on each region. Nest is an open cup of twigs, grasses... read more
Chiefly sedentary, although some suggestion of wandering; recorded S to SE Tanzania.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Patchy and local in Ethiopia and Somalia; common but local in Kenya, commonest in coastal lowlands; locally common in Tanzania. Present in Tsavo East... read more
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